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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2008
  • pp: 2731–2733

Polarization separator created by a filament in air

Yanping Chen, Claude Marceau, Francis Théberge, Marc Châteauneuf, Jacques Dubois, and See Leang Chin  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 23, pp. 2731-2733 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.002731


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Abstract

We demonstrate that a femtosecond laser pulse-induced filament can act as a “polarization separator” for a copropagating femtosecond probe pulse. The probe component with polarization parallel to the pump is guided along the propagation axis through the cross interactions with the pump pulse. And the probe component with polarization orthogonal to that of the pump is diffracted out into an outer ring by the plasma. The extinction ratio ( I min probe I max probe ) along the propagation axis is better than 1:20.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 18, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 25, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 13, 2008
Published: November 18, 2008

Citation
Yanping Chen, Claude Marceau, Francis Théberge, Marc Châteauneuf, Jacques Dubois, and See Leang Chin, "Polarization separator created by a filament in air," Opt. Lett. 33, 2731-2733 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-23-2731


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